By: Jerry Jackson
Have you ever heard somebody say “Work’s a drag; I’m bored.”
Boredom is one of the common problems faced by employees today. This can be attributed to the fact that since they are usually doing the same thing for quite a while, employees tend to lose their interest on their jobs. Boredom can certainly block the employee’s creativity and may further result to poor work performance. Moreover, studies show that increased boredom may result to unproductive practices such as absenteeism, increased tardiness, and work stress. Job dissatisfaction and sleepiness may also result to slow production and hampers success in the workplace.
When left unresolved, job boredom can lead to job exhaustion that can leave employees demotivated from work. Therefore, when boredom happens, you must not feed it. Instead, try finding ways to resolve it.
Causes of Boredom
There are different factors that cause boredom. One, it may be due to some work-related issues that you are not currently addressing. It may be the irregular cycle that you are facing day in and day out. For instance, you have tons of paperwork today that leaves you exhausted and utterly drained after the day. And yet, yesterday, you have spent the whole day making origami using your tissue napkins because there is literally nothing for you to do.
When you find yourself exhausted and completely bored with work, you have to fix it before it ruins you entirely. Ask yourself “what’s making me feel tired and bored at work?” Maybe you find yourself uninspired. Or maybe you start to dislike the routine work that you are currently doing. Well, you can’t avoid such work especially if such routine is integrated to your work.
So what are your options? You may try getting yourself inspired by using your break time to walk around and get some fresh air. If you want, read a book or any interesting article that perks you up. Remember that new ideas come when you least expect it.
Aside from that, overwork can also generate boredom. Meaning, if you don’t do anything except work, work, and work, there is a greater possibility to get exhausted by the end of the day. So, in order to fight boredom you need to give a little something to yourself during work. Allot at least a few minutes to take some time off to recharge yourself. Listen to some music on your iPod.
When there’s nothing to work on
Actually, boredom is not a result of having nothing to do. It is, in fact a result when the thing or task at hand is not appealing to the person in question. Aside from that, boredom is also a result of very low skill variety of work accompanied with less autonomy and feedback.
When this strikes, the best thing that you can do is talk to your superior and discuss this issue with him. Work-related boredom that makes you feel as if “you literally have nothing to do” can be resolved by work assignments that appear challenging and interesting to the worker.
Now, if you feel bored because you think that you are not growing and the company doesn’t offer any possibilities for growth and improvement, then that’s a different story.
The feeling of having no opportunity for improvement and that you’re completely stuck in a rut can be very overwhelming when remained unsolved. Thus, boredom that is left unattended can lead to job dissatisfaction and later on, resignation. This is a tough decision that one must think about.
Do you need to resign now?
Boredom is not difficult to beat. All you need is analysis and discovery of what bores you in your company, you also need to work things out you’re your superiors.
Decided to leave your work? While you might be drafting your resume now and preparing to submit a resignation letter, you need to be sure about it. Remember, resignation is a serious matter and you don’t want to regret it in the future.
Jerry Jackson has traveled to most parts of Europe and Asia giving talks on corporate recruitment and employee management.